I remember the illustrator Chris McEwan telling me many years ago about the ongoing love affair that the French have for all things American. He'd spent some time in Paris working in an ad agency and picked up this vibe fairly quickly. This applies in spades to their adoration of rock n roll and when in 1961 Gene Vincent having pretty much run out of mileage in the U.S. moved to London and commenced a series of tours in Europe the singer couldn't get over the reaction that he received from audiences in London and Paris. In fact the French just couldn't get enough of Gene and leather clad rock n rollers such as Vince Taylor and the Playboys made a good career move by relocating to France to fill the gap in demand.
1961 was the year that Ervin Taylor was born and this Frenchman is just one example of the vibrant and thriving rockabilly movement that Vincent helped spawn.
Here's an example of this guy in action - more method performer than mere tribute band leader.
And for Mykal and all other Gene Vincent devotees, here's film of the man himself performing "Rocky Road Blues" with a French back up band in a cinema somewhere in Brussels in October 1963/
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